Drunk Driving / OVI / DUI Defense

What To Do If You Were Charged With DUI/OVI In Columbus Or Central Ohio
Being charged with DUI/OVI and not knowing how this case is going to impact your future can be a stressful experience.  To make matters worse, there is a lot of misinformation about drunk driving charges, and there are a lot of attorneys that advertise themselves as "DUI Lawyers".

If you have been charged with DUI/OVI in Columbus or Central Ohio, the first thing to do is to educate yourself about DUI/OVI consequences and the DUI/OVI court process.  The second thing to do, after you understand the situation better, is to determine if you are going to plead guilty or contest the charge, decide if you are going to hire a lawyer, and choose what lawyer you are going to hire.  This website contains valuable information to help you learn about DUI/OVI, as well as some criteria for hiring an attorney. Another good source of information is the book I authored:  I Was Charged With DUI/OVI-Now What?!
 
Consequences For Ohio DUI/OVI Convictions
Known by many acronyms, including OVI (in Ohio), DUI, OMVI, and DWI, a drunk driving conviction may result in serious consequences.  The sentence for DUI/OVI in Ohio includes a mandatory driver’s license suspension, mandatory jail time, and a mandatory fine.  It may also include yellow license plates, ignition interlock, and vehicle immobilization or forfeiture.  Having a DUI/OVI on your record will result in secondary consequences like higher auto insurance rates and effects on employment, professional licensing, health insurance, and immigration/travel.  A DUI/OVI conviction is a permanent record and cannot be sealed or expunged.

Contesting DUI/OVI Charges
You do not have to plead guilty and simply accept the DUI/OVI conviction and its consequences.  As you can see from my recent case results, pleading Not Guilty and contesting the DUI/OVI charge with an experienced DUI/OVI attorney typically improves the outcome of your case.  Hiring a good Ohio DUI/OVI lawyer may help you:

•    Have your driver’s license returned
While the case is pending, you may be able to have your administrative license suspension terminated or stayed, which means you get your license back
•    Obtain driving privileges
If the administrative license suspension is not terminated or stayed, you may get driving privileges for work and other limited purposes
•    Avoid jail
You may be able to complete a driver intervention program instead of the minimum three-day jail sentence
•    Avoid yellow license plates and ignition interlock
You may avoid the embarrassment of driving around with yellow license plates on your car and having to blow into an ignition interlock to start your car
•    Avoid a DUI / OVI conviction on your record
In many of the cases I handle, DUI/OVI charges are amended and reduced, and sometimes cases are completely dismissed, as you can see with my recent case results.

Strategies For DUI/OVI Defense
What is my strategy for helping you improve the outcome of your DUI/OVI case?  First, we enter a plea of Not Guilty and appeal the administrative license suspension.  Then, we obtain all the evidence the prosecutor intends to introduce.  Next, we investigate the evidence and research the legal issues.  Although the evidence may point to guilt on the surface, digging into all the details of the situation may reveal weakness in the prosecution’s case.

Based on the what we find, we file motions to suppress evidence for issues such as:  Did the officer have justification for stopping your vehicle? Did the officer have justification to detain you for a DUI/OVI investigation?  Did the officer administer the field sobriety tests correctly?  Did the officer have justification to arrest you for DUI/OVI?  Did the police department follow the Ohio regulations for the breath test, blood test, or urine test?  Was the machine in proper working order?  Is the test scientifically reliable?  Were records maintained correctly and paperwork completed properly?

After reviewing the evidence and investigating issues like these, we file motions to suppress.  We then negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to reach an agreement that is acceptable.  If we do not reach an acceptable agreement, we may have a contested hearing on those motions to suppress, and we may take the case to trial.

Attorney For Columbus And Central Ohio With Expertise In DUI/OVI
Investigating cases and asking these types of questions often yields answers that lead to charges being reduced.  I am not asking these questions randomly.  I am certified in field sobriety testing, I have studied the science of evidential alcohol testing,  I completed courses for the two breath-testing machines used in Ohio (the Datamaster and the Intoxilyzer), and I have undergone training in blood testing and urine testing (gas chromatograph operation).

For ongoing professional development, I regularly participate in national DUI/OVI seminars sponsored by organizations like the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) and the national DUI Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA), and I am often asked to teach other lawyers about DUI/OVI at continuing education seminars.  I have been practicing since 1997, and the focus of my practice is representing clients charged with DUI/OVI in Columbus and central Ohio.  I contest the DUI/OVI charges in every case, and I have taken many cases through suppression hearings and jury trialsDon't just take my word for it:  see my recent case results.

DUI/OVI Lawyer With Satisfied Clients
I offer ‘personal service when results matter’.  I represent each client personally;  I do not hand the case off to a junior partner or associate.  I accept a limited number of cases and work each case thoroughly.  I provide clients with the level of service I would want as a client; I communicate regularly with clients, and I respond promptly to calls and emails.  Don't just take my word for it: see what clients say.

Contact A Columbus DUI/OVI Lawyer Serving Central Ohio
Based on my expertise, experience, and service, my fees are at the high end of the fee scale.  I charge flat fees so you’ll know at the beginning the total cost of my representation, and my office accepts payment by credit card.  For more information about me, please see my profile, and for more information about my practice, please read the firm overview.  You can also see what clients say and review my past case results.  If you would like to discuss how I can help with your DUI/OVI case, EMAIL ME or call me at 614-717-1177 to arrange a free consultation.


Geographic Areas In Which I Practice Ohio DUI / OVI Defense
I practice DUI / OVI defense in Municipal Courts, Common Pleas Courts, and Mayor’s Courts throughout central Ohio, including the following counties:  Franklin County, Delaware County, Fairfield County, Knox County, Madison County, Marion County, Morrow County, Pickaway County, and Union County.

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